Grief: A Working of Love

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I have not written any blessings or workings this year for the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge yet, and I am already nearing the end. (Thank goodness for encores). I have come to understand that my own blockage in doing this has to do with the intense amount of grief I am holding right now, for the loss of lives that continue to happen to Black people. It is hard to think of magic when death, sadness and hopelessness continues to circle around.I then started to think about the power in … [Read more...]

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Self Care: Beyond the Political

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As I have written before, it is problematic when we only focus on our own personal suffering in our spiritual practice. However, it is equally dangerous when we only respond to external forces of suffering or when we only know how to take care others. Women of color especially can get into the socially constructed mindset that we are selfish unless we are being a caregiver. At other times, we may get so caught up in serving others that we forget to serve ourselves. I know this happens to me … [Read more...]

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PantheaCon 2015; Pain, Healing Work, Allyship in Action and Coalition Building

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Several pieces have been written in blogosphere by now about the ups and downs of PantheaCon; I do not feel the need to repeat the details of the PantyCon satire piece and instead will link other pieces that reference this. I instead want to focus on the experience of transitioning from pain to healing work that happened for me at PantheaCon this year, and for many people of color (POC) and allies. The amazing transformative experience has left me continuing on a road to processing the healing … [Read more...]

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Magical Beginnings Begin Again

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I started officially walking into the study of Paganism in 2002, and joined my first coven in 2003. It has been a long time, and yet sometimes it feels like I just came to the path. There has been so much learning, and so many moments of personal growth, I am not the practitioner I was before. The process of personal and spiritual growth has changed me in ways I never anticipated, and now even the process of magic does not look or feel the same to me. I have even began noticing how my connection … [Read more...]

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Solstice Hope in the Darkness of Justice

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“Justice is what love looks like in public” - Cornell West The last few weeks have been filled with darkness, navigating the shadow of the time and surrounded by the harsh realities of race relations in modern day society. The coming solstice celebrations have not brought me any comfort this year, I think I have been so inundated with the darkness that exists all around me that it is hard to want to celebrate something that doesn’t seem to bring the change we need right now.As I am active in … [Read more...]

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The Dance of Power: navigating privilege and marginalization.

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 Being a Black Wiccan Woman navigating mostly White spaces has fostered interesting experiences in privilege and power. Those terms are not easily understood even when you are facing multiple oppressions or have taken many diversity classes. In my experience, diversity trainings rarely prepare anyone for the real world of privilege, relative privilege and intersectionality. People who can afford the time and/or money for trainings are usually operating in similar spheres of class … [Read more...]

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Psycho-spiritual Environmentalism and Activism

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Pagan community here.There is a bit of distance that many people invoke when thinking about the damage happening to the environment. The feeling of cognitive dissonance that becomes present when realizing that the current lifestyle that many of us live will be the very thing that eventually kills or limits life on this planet is hard to face … [Read more...]

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Self Actualization, Spiritual Oneness, Freedom and the Fourth of July

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Self actualization is a process. We see this concept discussed in so many aspects of society, and yet we don’t always have an exact understanding of what this means or what it looks like. Spiritually, self actualization is a coming into one’s self, a evolving into a knowing that brings one closer to an understanding of how to live in the world with a sense of wholeness. I often look at this as if it is a shallow glass ceiling idea, we can think we are at the top and yet it takes certain tools to … [Read more...]

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30 Day Real Black History Challenge 2014 – Week Four (#30DayRBHC)

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While I thought week four would take longer to upload, I am determined to get this information to everyone as soon as possible! And, like last year, I did my finale separate from the final week... making a day 31 for the fireworks last day.This weeks digest is full of very interesting studies on transgenerational trauma, historical oppression, Nina Simone, Dr. Joy Degruy, Melissa Harris-Perry, "columbusing", some comedy, racial profiling, Freedom Summer, Angela Davis, and more. It is a power … [Read more...]

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30 Day Real Black History Challenge 2014 – Week Three (#30DayRBHC)

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This is the week three digest for the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge. I am a little bit behind, but plan to get the week four, and the encore/finale, up within the next couple of days. This week's digest includes posts that range from reparations, white privilege, racism, colorism, Tupac Shakur, Mumia Abu-Jamal, George Jackson, urban classroom lawsuits, and personal reflections of culture.I hope you enjoy the third week of the challenge and continue to explore Black culture, … [Read more...]

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